Week 2 Lecture - An inspiring story illustrating what...

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1 An inspiring story illustrating what fitness can do for a person’s health and well-being is that of George Snell from Sandy, Utah At age 45, Snell weighed 400 pounds, his blood pressure was 220/180, he was blind because of undiagnosed diabetes, and his blood glucose level was 487 Snell had determined to do something about his physical and medical condition, so he started a walking/jogging program After 8 months of conditioning, he had lost almost 200 pounds, his eyesight had returned, his glucose level was down to 67, and he was taken off medication By end of the first year, he completed a marathon, a running course of 26.2 miles Most people exercise because it improves their personal appearance and makes them feel good about themselves Although many benefits accrue from ti i ti i l fit d ll participating in a regular fitness and wellness program, and active people generally live longer, the greatest benefit of all is that physically fit individuals enjoy a better quality of life “Exercise, not necessarily that I might live longer. That might be an added benefit. But, exercise that I might live more fully now”
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2 These people live life to its fullest, with fewer health problems than inactive individuals (who also may indulge in other negative lifestyle behaviors) Although compiling an all-inclusive list of the benefits reaped from participating in a fitness and wellness program is difficult, the following list summarizes many of them A fitness and wellness program: 1. ______________________________________ 2. ______________________________________ 3 . ______________________________________ 4. ______________________________________ 5. ______________________________________ 6. H_____________________________________ 7. Increases resting metabolic rate 8. Improves the body’s ability to use fat during physical activity 9. _________________________________________ 10. _________________________________________ 11. Lowers the risk for chronic diseases and illness (such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer) 12. _________________________________________ 13. Thins the blood so it doesn’t clot as readily (thereby decreasing the risk for coronary heart disease and strokes)
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3 14. Helps the body manage cholesterol levels more effectively 15. Prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure and lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension 16. _________________________________________ 17. Helps peak bone mass in young adults and maintain bone mass later in life, thereby decreasing the risk for osteoporosis 18. _________________________________________ 19. _________________________________________ 20. Relieves tension and helps in coping with life stresses 21. _________________________________________ 22. ________________________________________ 23. Promotes psychological well-being, including higher morale, self-image, and self-esteem 24. _________________________________________ 25. Encourages positive lifestyle changes
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2010 for the course GEOL GEOL taught by Professor Bender during the Spring '10 term at CSU Long Beach.

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